Ms. Maria Sansone
Frenchtown/ Third Grade
Welcome to the new school year! I am so pleased to be your child's
I am entering my fourteenth year teaching at Frenchtown and this is my
first year teaching third grade, although I did do my student teaching in
third grade a long time ago! I am so excited to begin a new academic
journey with my first third grade class! What a wonderful age group!
I have my Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport. I
continue to take an active part in furthering my knowledge in education by
attending professional workshops offered by the district and reading about
new and fresh teaching strategies and ideas to better help my students
make the most of his/her learning experience.
My goal is to make a difference in my students' educational experience and
to instill in them a love for learning!
I have one daughter, Hannah, who is in her third year in college! Where
did the time go? I can remember very clearly when she was just in third
grade! :) She attends the University of Alabama and plans to study public
relations and advertising. When Hannah was in elementary school, her
favorite subject was reading. She used to read everything and
anything and still does! Hannah, is the reason I went into the teaching
field. I taught her to read at a young age as she entered kindergarten,
and it was then that I knew I wanted to help other children and make a
career of it.
One goal which is of high importance to me is for my students to have a
fun and successful year in third grade! Please feel free to contact me by
phone (school phone number) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there
are situations that need to be discussed. I truly welcome and encourage an
open-line of communication between home and school!The best times to reach
me at school are from 8:00a.m.- 8:30a.m. and then 3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. I
am always willing to schedule a conference at any time and for any reason.
ABOUT OUR CLASSROOM:
You may find the following information helpful in making this a successful
year for your child:
A successful school experience is the responsibility of the children, the
parent, and the school. Your child's progress, both academically and
socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation. Regular
attendance without tardiness is key!
If you plan to pick up your child who typically rides the bus home, or you
wish for your child to do something different at dismissal time,you must
send in a written note or contact the main office. Please do not rely on
your child to tell us this information because students often become
confused and relay information incorrectly. If no written note or phone
call is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of
Please look in your child's backpack/folder daily.We send all school
"news" by way of your child's HOME/SCHOOL folder and written notes from me
can be found in the Homework Assignment Pad. These folders and pads will
come home daily and are to be sent back to school the next day. Please
send all money and other important things that you would like me to find
in your child's folder, and all written messages from you to me in the
Parent section of the Homework Assignment Pad. This keeps everything
organized and clutter-free. It is much easier to keep notes in one place
so we will both know where to look daily.
BE POSITIVE AND VALUE THE WORK YOUR CHILD DOES AT SCHOOL!!! THIS WILL
BECOME EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD'S ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL
Please remember to look inside your child's HOME folder as I will be
sending many notices home to you to review from me or from the office
(Mrs. Norcel). Please try to help your child understand the importance of
this HOME folder and the purpose it serves. Of course we will be talking
about it in school, however, the added home reinforcement will help
greatly! In addition, please remind your child to remove all "old" papers
daily to show you. This will help keep your child organized and
responsible, and you will be able to review all work and notices.
OUR third grade WEEK INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT AREAS:
Language Arts (reading and writing), Mathematics, Social Studies,
Science, Art, Music/chorus, Physical Education (P.E.) twice a week, and
Library for book exchange or special projects.
We do Language Arts, which include reading for meaning in Reader's
Workshop and using strategies to better understand the texts, writing in
Writer's Workshop which emphaiszes the PROCESS not the PRODUCT,
and using oral language to respond to literature in a variety of ways. The
children do reports too with an emphasis on written AND oral
expression. I focus quite a bit on the writing process in class. They will
write and eventually type written pieces so that they will receive
meaningful experience using technology and the keyboard.
We use Investigations (a program that uses a hands-on
approach to exploring math in a very natural sense.) Math will be
I focus on geography in class by having a new map for discussion weekly
called Daily Oral Geography. After the children complete the map and the
questions, we discuss it thoroughly during our Morning Meeting.
Additionally, we have a text book to work from. The children will learn
about Native Americans and the election process. Since this is an election
year, we will focus on elections first.
Mrs. Cretella will teach science to our class as I teach social studies to
both mine and hers.
We will have a small snack each day (about 10 minutes). Please provide
your child with a healthy snack, and a napkin for wiping hands.
BIRTHDAYS AND TREATS:
Birthdays are wonderful to celebrate in class! Simple non-edible treats
may be sent to school (or brought in by you) on your child's birthday.
Sending a birthday non-edible treat such as a pencil or goody-bag, is
optional. They are appreciated but certainly not expected. If your child's
birthday falls in June, July or August, when school is not in session, we
will have a Summer Birthday Celebration Day for these children during the
last week of the school year. We can discuss this as the time approaches.
Another option is for a parent, guardian or relative to come in as a guest
reader. The children, especially the birthday student, really enjoys this!
I will be more than happy to help your child distribute invitations to the
children in class, however, my rule is that all classmates must be invited
in order to send them through "school mail." This rule is to avoid hurt
feelings and to teach kindness and respect for one another. If you would
like to invite specific children, please invite them during non-school
hours. Thank you, in advance for your cooperation.
WEEKLY STUDENT UPDATE:
For the first few months of school, I will send home a written Student
Progress sheet ( Weekly Student Report) indicating academic and behavioral
performance. From December on, I will only prepare these sheets for
students whom I feel need it.
Homework is daily except on Fridays. We will USUALLY have 1 math and 1
language arts paper. The homework will reflect the day's lessons. This is
the case in math; however, not always in language arts- sometimes we
will have a review of past lessons to keep old knowledge fresh! :)
BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE:
Our class rules include:
1. We are kind.
2. We listen carefully
3. We take turns speaking.
4. We use quiet voices.
5. We respect the space of others.
6. We always try our best!
I believe in having high expectations of the children to follow classroom
rules and to help them understand the reasons behind the rules. I want all
of the children to have the opportunity to learn and for no student to
keep another student from being able to learn. I strive to provide a safe
and comfortable learning environment for the children in which we work and
live as a community of learners in our classroom.
If a child is continuously having difficulty following classroom rules, I
will send home the above mentioned report to communicate areas which need
improvement. If for any reason I feel like a child may benefit from taking
home a DAILY report, I will contact the parent so that together we can
discuss our options to get the child back on track with behavior.
HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION?
* Assisting in special projects
* Chaperoning field trips
* Volunteering for classroom parties
* Sharing your family culture/celebrations, etc. with your child's class
* Reading as a "Mystery Reader" in the classroom
* Helping your child with his/her homework!
* Reading to/with your child daily at home!
I welcome and encourage parent readers whom we call our "Mystery Readers"
to come to read to the children in our classroom. Parents who volunteer to
do this will keep it a secret from their child because they will arrive
while the children are hiding their eyes and they will sit down and read
only the title of the book they bring. Then the children will begin
guessing who our Mystery Reader is.
You may pick out a book of your own. You may pick one or two books. We
usually allow 30 minutes because time is limited. We will do Mystery
Readers on Fridays at 2:30 and this is a bi weekly event.
You will receive your child's report card THREE times a year- DECEMBER,
MARCH, and JUNE. We will also be contacting you to schedule a conference
for your child in November and April (optional).
My mission for the class is to strive, in partnership with families, to
meet the educational needs of all students within a challenging,
supportive, and safe academic environment that empowers each student to
become a life-long learner. I also strive to make learning fun and
exciting for all students. I encourage self-expression and student-
centered learning. I also strive to support all children in maximizing
their abilities and as mentioned before, instill in them, a love of
learning! I focus on building self-esteem and guiding children to believe
in themselves so that they feel they are special and smart and that they
know their ideas, questions and comments are important!
The Classroom Theme for this year is Teamwork! We will learn, play and
share together as a team. We will also respect all members of our team in
order to have a winning year! I'm SO EXCITED to start our year!